In 1982 Dr. David James of the University of Toronto founded S+J Engineering Inc., a firm focused on providing engineering consulting and contract R&D services to industry and government. Geoff Chandler joined the firm in 1984 and together he and David developed several unique R&D instruments, including extensional flow rheometers, fast response chemical concentration sensors, a laser Doppler velocimeter and pressure-reducing devices for use in CANDU nuclear power stations. Clients included Defence Research Canada, US Dugway Proving Ground, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and International Paper.
In 1997 David and Geoff became business partners and relocated the company to Aurora, Ontario, changing the name to Aurora Scientific Inc. In the same year they acquired the highly respected muscle physiology product line of Cambridge Technology, Inc., which included muscle levers and force transducers. In the ensuing years Aurora Scientific has grown its product offerings to include new, faster lever systems, an extended range of force transducers, test apparatus, data acquisition and control hardware and software and field stimulators. The company has also begun producing products for the growing neuroscience research community, fast response gas sensors for olfaction research and instruments for nociception research. More recently Aurora Scientific has engaged the expanding material science research community with the introduction of material test systems.
In 2008 David retired from Aurora Scientific. Ownership then became shared by Geoff Chandler and Joan Chandler, a member of senior management for many years. Since then Geoff and Joan have grown the company significantly and opened offices in Dublin and in Hong Kong to better serve their clients in those regions. Aurora Scientific now provides high quality research instruments to researchers in more than 42 countries world-wide and occupies a new 6000 square foot facility located in Aurora, Ontario.